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Windows 10 File Explorer to Gain Dark Mode Toggle

Users of File Explorer on Windows 10 will soon be able to turn Dark Mode on and off without changing the overall theme of the operating system.


Recently, has been paying attention to the on . Through the release of the October 2018 Update (version 1809), the company updated the File Explorer experience. However, a new report suggests Microsoft is not finished just yet.

Probably the most significant change to the File Explorer in recent years was the introduction of the . Rolled out in October, it followed Microsoft's recent spread of a darker UI to Windows 10 services.

However, toggling between the Dark Mode or any other Windows 10 theme requires heading to the Settings app. It also requires the File Explorer to follow the general desktop theme. For example, if you choose green, the explorer will be green.

For the Dark Theme, this required switching the whole operating system to the darker hue. A new rumor points to the company adding more customization control directly within File Explorer.

“It looks like you'll be able to set File Explorer's theme option (light/dark) independently of the System's theme in future 19H1 builds,” Microsoft watcher Albacore said in a tweet.

Basically, Microsoft will include a toggle directly in File Explorer that allows users to turn off Dark Mode. This would mean the dark theme could be turned off in the explorer but on everywhere else.

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Microsoft is also reportedly working on a Light Mode, which may also explain why Microsoft is giving users more in-service control. The lighter theme is available in preview for the Start menu, Action Center, touch keyboard, taskbar, and other elements.

It is likely Light Mode will eventually make its way to the File Explorer. As for availability of the toggle, we guess it will come to a preview release soon. From there, Microsoft is expected to launch to all users next April.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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